Posts Tagged ‘Christoffer Egelund’

IDA KVETNY – RAM

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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UNDERTONER @ Christoffer Egelund

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

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Monday, November 1st, 2010

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Crystel Ceresa

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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“White Noise” by the Swiss artist Crystel Ceresa (b. 1977). It is the artist’s second solo show at the gallery and the exhibition displays paintings and drawings from the artist’s studio in Geneva. At first glance, the observer is drawn and fascinated by the decorative and skillfully painted surfaces of the large-scale canvases – then by the deeper and more personal reminiscences and threads to art history.

Crystel Ceresa’s delicate aerogrammes share lightness due to the airbrush technique, the color palette of bright pastels and the partially blurred subject matter. A “white noise” occurs in the pictures – in the form of an obscuring mist, sparkling highlights, or carved inscriptions of light – which complicates a clear and evident reading and perception of the content of the works. Among the motifs are jewel-like flowers, portraits of personal heroes, fragments of text and symbolic attributes, appearing as sketches in blurred collage-like compositions. This overall expression indicates that the motives are not objective registrations of the world around us, but rather visual interpretations of the artist’s imagination, sources of inspiration and remembrance. The haze and the fragmented compositions thus maintain the content in a twilight zone as vulnerable and fragile memories that threaten to let go and disappear from the surface.

The works of Crystel Ceresa have an intimate and personal feel to them, and the persons she portrays in her art are made icons, celebrated and surrounded by symbols and represented in a visual language that has both low and fine cultural undertones. On one side the paintings evoke kitsch aesthetics, decorative and applied arts, yet gold backgrounds, skulls, whited surfaces and persons flanked by flowers, also pulls threads back into art history; to Byzantine icons, to the Baroque vanitas, the white powdered decadent images of the Rococo, and to the Pre-Raphaelites’ emblematic depictions of personal muses.

Crystel Ceresa was born in Switzerland in 1977. She graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva 2004 and from the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Geneva in 1998. Today, she lives and works in Geneva and the interest in her works has been large from day one. Crystel Ceresa has exhibited widely in Switzerland and since 2008 in Denmark. She is represented in several private and corporate collections such as; Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam, Bank Julius Bär, Basel, Crédit Suisse, Zürich, Zürich Versicherungen, Basel, HSBC, Zürich, Collection Yves Racloz, Geneva and Collection Nicolas Torroni, Geneva.

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MEANING OF VOID

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

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Christoffer Egelund Gallery proudly presents the group exhibition ”Meaning of Void”, showing works by artists; Michael Johansson (SE), Pind (DK), Thomas Fleron (DK), Anna Fro Vodder (DK), Ulrik Heltoft (DK) og Melou Vanggaard (DK). Through various installational approaches, the represented artists explore the void and its’ meaning – some avoid the empty space others applaud it. The works move between the empty and the compact space, between order and chaos, between significance and insignificance.

Despite the artists’ point of departure in different media such as installation, sculpture, photography, drawing and painting, the six artists share a strong fascination with exploring new depths, patterns and meanings in one type of detail. In the same way as the collector, the six artists enjoy to carefully select a particular object among a jumble of objects, then emphasizing and reinforcing their significance through accumulation and repetition.

Michael Johansson (b. 1975) is fascinated by repetition and likes to find similar items. He selects, sorts and orders the collected objects in dense compilations. His compact sculptures indicate a ‘Horror Vacui’, a fear of the empty space. Michael Johansson was educated at Malmö Art Academy in 2005 and has several solo exhibitions behind him and he is for instance represented at Malmö Art Museum. Pind (b. 1975) removes seemingly useless – however for him significant – objects from their context and ascribes them new meaning and value. Pind graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. He has had a solo exhibition at Overgaden and participated in several group shows in Copenhagen. Thomas Fleron (b.1972) draws objects whose meaning is not immediately readable. But the stories behind the objects reveal that they refer to political and historical rituals. Thomas Fleron graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 200 0. Anna Fro Vodder (1974) explores origin and valuation in her paintings. The void shows in the form of abstraction and unpainted arias. In her paintings the empty space becomes the element, that gives everything else meaning. Anna Fro Vodder graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 and she is represented at Horsens Kunstmuseum. Ulrik Heltoft (b. 1973) explores space as a ‘locus’ for anxiety. His photos show how claustrophobia, fear and nightmares relate to the directionless space. Ulrik Heltoft graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and MFA Yale University in 2001. He has had solo exhibitions at Raucci e Santa Maria in Naples and Willfried Lenz in Rotterdam. Melou Vanggaard (b. 1969) mixes the figurative and the abstract in both her paintings and sculptures. In her works the void becomes a balancing force to the figurative and compact, thus creating a resting place in a space otherwise heavily saturated with meaning. Me lou Vanggaard graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001.

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